Getting To The Root Of Things
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
One of the most amazing experiences of springtime is planting a little seed and watching it grow into a beautiful, vibrant blossom. The root system of our flowers keeps the plants healthy, nourished and bountiful for months to come. The same is true when discussing the roots of our teeth. Periodic dental exams and cleanings combined with at-home care is the best way to keep your teeth healthy over our lifetimes, but sometimes we need little extra help, such as treatment for a periodontal disease or a root canal.
The Tooth Root: More Than Just an Anchor
The roots of your teeth do much more than keeping things in place. Hidden inside are nerves, arteries, and cells that deliver nutrients to the entire tooth structure, and each time you bite down, the root delivers nutrients to your jaw bone. Because of this design, any damage to the root also puts the surrounding bone in jeopardy. Even after the tooth is removed, your body will continue to break down the jaw bone.
Types of Root Damage
Even though the roots of your teeth are buried under soft tissue and anchored in the jaw bone, this part of your tooth can be damaged. Some of the most common reasons for damage to a tooth root are:
- Fractures of the tooth
- Cracked tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Infection inside the tooth
A tooth infection represents one of the more serious dental problems, as the infection can spread to surrounding tissues.
How is a Tooth Infection Treated?
When the soft interior, or pulp, of a tooth, is damaged or infected, a root canal is the best therapy to remedy the problem. The procedure involves removing the pulp from inside the tooth. You may need to take antibiotics before the procedure to keep the infection from spreading.
What If the Damaged Pulp is Not Removed?
If the damaged pulp and infection are not treated, you may lose the entire tooth, as well as the bone surrounding the root. Other complications may emerge, such as an abscess, swelling of the face and pain.
Do Your Teeth Have Healthy Roots? Contact Dr. John Garza.
To learn more about periodic root canals, fillings, dental crowns and our other services, contact Dr. John A. Garza to schedule an appointment. You can call our office in Gilbert, Arizona, directly at (480) 539-7979.
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